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Title: Microlens frames for laser diode arrays

Abstract

Monolithic microlens frames enable the fabrication of monolithic laser diode arrays and are manufactured inexpensively with high registration, and with inherent focal length compensation for any lens diameter variation. A monolithic substrate is used to fabricate a low-cost microlens array. The substrate is wet-etched or sawed with a series of v-grooves. The v-grooves can be created by wet-etching, by exploiting the large etch-rate selectivity of different crystal planes. The v-grooves provide a support frame for either cylindrical or custom-shaped microlenses. Because the microlens frames are formed by photolithographic semiconductor batch-processing techniques, they can be formed inexpensively over large areas with precise lateral and vertical registration. The v-groove has an important advantage for preserving the correct focus for lenses of varying diameter. 12 figs.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE; USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
6431717
Patent Number(s):
5923481
Application Number:
PPN: US 8-753656
Assignee:
Univ. of California, Oakland, CA (United States)
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 27 Nov 1996
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; DESIGN; ETCHING; FABRICATION; LENSES; MINIATURIZATION; SEMICONDUCTOR LASERS; LASERS; SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; SOLID STATE LASERS; SURFACE FINISHING; 426002* - Engineering- Lasers & Masers- (1990-)

Citation Formats

Skidmore, J A, and Freitas, B L. Microlens frames for laser diode arrays. United States: N. p., 1999. Web.
Skidmore, J A, & Freitas, B L. Microlens frames for laser diode arrays. United States.
Skidmore, J A, and Freitas, B L. Tue . "Microlens frames for laser diode arrays". United States.
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abstractNote = {Monolithic microlens frames enable the fabrication of monolithic laser diode arrays and are manufactured inexpensively with high registration, and with inherent focal length compensation for any lens diameter variation. A monolithic substrate is used to fabricate a low-cost microlens array. The substrate is wet-etched or sawed with a series of v-grooves. The v-grooves can be created by wet-etching, by exploiting the large etch-rate selectivity of different crystal planes. The v-grooves provide a support frame for either cylindrical or custom-shaped microlenses. Because the microlens frames are formed by photolithographic semiconductor batch-processing techniques, they can be formed inexpensively over large areas with precise lateral and vertical registration. The v-groove has an important advantage for preserving the correct focus for lenses of varying diameter. 12 figs.},
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